Tonight I’m going to see the Beastie Boys at the Riv in Chicago, which should be interesting, fun and tiring (in that order). I’ve only seen them once before and it was back in 1996. I had tickets, like a lot of other people, to see them come around with RATM until that tour was canceled and Rage decided to split up shortly after. I believe that was 1997-1998ish. So it’s been a good 10 years and I’m interested in seeing them perform and hearing some new stuff. Plus I’m going with Loree, so that always proves to be fun no matter what we’re doing. I’m sure we’ll also be talking about our possibly February trip to Trinidad & Tobago.
In other news, I’ve sprained and broken my ankle; along with pulling a tendon to boot. So I’m waddling around in an air-cast for the next 3-4 weeks until my next appointment. Then they will see how it is doing and start physical therapy if it’s healing good. I don’t really know WHAT I did to injure it, it just started hurting and swelling one day. Then it got to the point where I couldn’t barely put any weight on it, so I finally went and got it checked out. The break is a fracture that has possibly been there for years and might not be something recent. Because of all the gymnastics I did when I was younger, this doesn’t surprise me. Yet the fracture is still contributing to the pain. So let’s hope it all get fixed this time so this doesn’t happen another 10 years down the road. Who needs it?
But on a lighter note, my husband and I are finally going back to Colorado for a much needed vacation over Thanksgiving. It’s been about a year since we’ve been and we’ve spent the better part of that year being bitter that we could not move there. It will be hard to go back and even tougher to leave it behind again. But we will own property there someday and we REALLY could use a mini vacation right now. A mini honeymoon even? Perhaps.
Hopefully I won’t be hobbling around by then and can do some hiking.
Have a great week everyone.
I have been meaning to post pictures from our trip to Colorado for a LONG time. I’ve had some up on Flickr for a while, but they really don’t do it justice, so I wanted to post some more.
This was a trip my husband and I took in November of last year (2006) and we stayed in Fort Collins, traveling to Estes Park through Loveland. Fort Collins is in the northern region of Colorado, only a couple of hours from Wyoming. It is set to the east of the Rocky Mountains near what is called the “Foothills”, otherwise known as the Front Range of the Rockies. Ftc is also the home of CSU and is far more than just a college town. It’s a beautiful city that we have grown to love and consider a second home.
During our trip, we were talking with some very nice local Indian folks (American Indian) and they suggested that if we wanted to go closer to the mountains (which we did!) that we check out Estes Park, which is about an hour + drive from Fort Collins. Estes Park is the portrait of a mountain town and also houses the Stanley Hotel - where the movie “The Shining” was shot all those years ago. It is just as impressive and creepy as you would imagine - although it’s a grand, beautiful hotel. Estes Park is a wonderful town nestled in the Rockies, at the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The people are friendly, they have cool little shops and it is just an amazing place.
So I wanted to share some of my photos with you, I’m in no way a photographer and some were taken from inside the car. But they are beautiful nonetheless and Colorado is a wonderful place to go and experience.
The view driving from the Denver airport to Fort Collins
Driving up into the foothills to check out the views and Horsetooth Reservoir
Fort Collins - from partway up the foothills.
Horsetooth Reservoir - this place is seriously so tranquil and beautiful
More rocks driving up the foothills
Driving past Loveland up to Estes Park - so many evergreens! Remember, this is November.
This is a small lake that we saw from the road to Estes Park. I didn’t even touch this up at all, that is how blue that water was.
The Rocky Mountains from Estes Park. It was so sunny it was hard to get a good photo. This is about 9K feet elevation.
Small stream behind a shopping center in Estes Park. Already freezing over - and that is a Christmas decoration set in the trees.
The Stanley Hotel. Sits up on a hill above the rest of Estes Park, it is very impressive. There was a wedding going on when we stopped to check it out.